Oct 19, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) delivered a letter today to President Biden and top Department of Defense (DOD) officials, demanding they preserve all documents related to the denial of LSU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet Madison Burdett’s request for a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
“Cadet Burdett’s willingness to serve our nation makes her a true American patriot. She is unjustly being denied the opportunity to serve our nation based on a personal, religious decision,” Congressman Higgins wrote. “The denial of her appeal just weeks ahead of her graduation will disenroll her from the ROTC program and prevent her from becoming eligible for commissioning as an officer in the future.”
“The United States Army’s policy is clearly politically driven. You are all responsible for callously derailing the military careers of American servicemen by mandating COVID vaccinations that have proven to be not only ineffective, but dangerous to healthy individuals under 30, and medically quite controversial, based upon over 2 years of unbiased scientific research worldwide,” continued Congressman Higgins. “Your administration has persecuted Cadet Burdett and every other American Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine who has fallen to this unconscionable policy. It is shamefully abhorrent, and goes against the core principles that our nation represents. You should all resign, every one of you. As a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, I promise a congressional inquiry into this disgraceful practice.”
To aid with oversight investigations, Congressman Higgins directed that all e-mails, electronic documents, phone calls, handwritten documents, and other records of the decision be preserved.
Read the full letter here

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